Gary Lineker given touching letter from refugee MOTD host took in

Gary Lineker has shared a touching note that a refugee he took in gave him.

Match of the Day host Lineker took a refugee into his house after being accused on social media of ‘virtue signalling’.

The former England star had been criticised for highlighting the plight of people trying to get to the UK but he took action.

He announced his plan to temporarily house a migrant with help from the charity Refugees at Home in August with one having seemingly stayed at his property.

And Lineker took to his social media accounts to share a moving letter from the refugee, known only as Rasheed.

It read: “When I was moving to your home, I was worried that you might be unfriendly and conservative but it was all reverse what I thought.

“During my stay in your beautiful home, I never felt that I am a stranger or guest but it seemed to me as if I am a member of your family.

“I can never forget your hospitality, love and company that you and your lovely respectful children gave to me.

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“There is a saying in Balochi language, that if you give me a glass of water, I owe you my entire life. In fact you did more.

“Best wishes, Rasheed.”

Lineker believes the experience also had a positive impact on his own family.

The presenter commented: “Obviously they’re [his four sons] privileged – they know they’re privileged – but then to hear this guy’s story.

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“And he was brilliant with them. I’ll definitely do it again. The letter alone made it worthwhile.

“Thanks Rasheed for giving such a different perspective on life to both myself and my boys.

“Thanks too to @RefugeesAtHome for helping to make this happen. It was a hugely positive experience and I will definitely host again.”

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